Headed to New Zealand? Don't Miss Wellington's Mount Victoria Rides 1

Headed to Crankworx in New Zealand this year? Or perhaps just planning a trip to see what all the hype is about? Here's a preview of some of the fun that can be had just outside of downtown Wellington on the North Island, a place with enough variety to give every type of rider a good time. Join Rosara Joseph, Kieran Bennett and Craig Pattle for a gentle cruise up and a quick blast down.

Visit wellington.govt.nz/mountainbiking for more videos, mobile maps and track info for every type of rider.

Rosara started riding bikes while studying law in Christchurch. Initially drawn to the up-hills part of mountain biking, she spent 8 years on the international cross country mountain bike circuit – she was riding in circles in beautiful places around the world! A highlight of her XC racing career was performing an impressive front flip over the bars in the 2008 Beijing Olympics XC race. Then she discovered the fun of proper bikes and going downhill, and spent a couple years racing Enduro races in the big mountains. She now lives and works in Squamish, BC and still loves riding bikes.

Kieran has spent most of his life on two wheels while growing up in Nelson. Starting out on motorbikes and BMX's before finding a passion for mountain biking, mostly of the downhill variety. This eventually led to several years racing in Europe and the USA on the World Cup downhill circuit. These days he resides in Christchurch working as the foreman of a sheetmetal company while still racing Enduro and downhill races throughout New Zealand.

Craig Pattle was born and bred in Rotorua. He started racing bikes when was 12, and went on to pick up national titles as a junior. In 2003, he headed to Europe to try his luck on the pro circuit. While a short stint in BMX racing side-tracked him for a while, his love for the forest and mountain bikes ultimately won. These days you can find Craig on a trail struggling up hills and flowing through the trees – just being out on his bike, doing what he loves.

Credit: ​Wellington City Council // Photos by Caleb Smith
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